I’m buying a new home in Glendale…my realtor advises that his home inspector can complete a termite inspection with the home inspection for an additional $75…is this a good price?
The average termite inspection in Phoenix is about $65.
Depending upon the inspectors…it can be a “good price.”
I would caution against the “home inspector” completing the termite inspection.
For the same price…or less…you can have a second set of eyes inspect the home. Two sets of eyes focused on one matter…is usually better than one set of eyes completing two different tasks.
Additionally consider that the average home inspector (in Phoenix) has only been licensed for three years. That home inspector at best averages two inspections per day…while a good termite inspector can average 4-6 per day…giving him/her two or three times the experience.
We have seen an increase in civil litigation involving home inspectors completing termite reports.
As a note to your realtor…I would advise against recommending a home or termite inspector…as a professional charged with “protecting the interests of the client” they often share in the liability when the matter goes south.
It is better to recommend 2 or 3 inspectors and advise the client to research each before selecting one.
When a claim is made…the realtor and broker fork over their deductible leaving the matter in the hands of the insurance company that often pays off the claimant rather than endure the expense to defend. Leaving the realtor/broker with a tarnished reputation, pissed off client and out $1,000 to $5,000 in deductible.